From the moment we meet at your first consultation, it is our aim to make you feel at ease and to get a complete understanding of your exact requirements for cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. We will look through your previous medical history in detail and discuss any related medical issues, such as smoking, or concerns you may have.
Once we have explained the procedures that you would like to move forward with, we will subsequently examine the areas related to your treatment and take a thorough set of pre-operative, baseline photographs.
The options for treatment will be explained to you in detail, including information regarding the procedure, recovery time, anticipated results and associated risks.
Of course you will have questions, so we are happy to offer patients a number of consultations prior to surgery to allow optimal planning and to ensure that you are comfortable and happy with all the treatments involved.
Preparation for Surgery
Your health and welfare are our top priorities. To ensure a safe and successful outcome following your surgery, we do have a few requirements that need to be followed in the lead up to your procedure(s).
It is important for patients to avoid smoking for at least a month prior to surgery and (in most cases) for at least a month after procedures. This preserves blood supply to the skin and other tissues, improves healing and reduces the risk of blood clots forming in the circulation. Smoking even a small number of cigarettes within these periods results in a high risk of significant complications for the majority of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Nurofen and Voltarol should also be avoided for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery and three weeks after to prevent excessive post-operative bleeding or bruising.
For certain procedures specific compression garments or bras are required after your procedure. During your consultations you will be advised which to bring with you to your surgery. We will also advise you with regards to when you can resume work, social activities and sports postoperatively.
It is important for patients to avoid smoking for at least one month prior to surgery and one month following the procedure(s). Doing so helps to preserve blood supply to the skin and other tissues, improves healing and reduces the risk of blood clots.
Even smoking a small number of cigarettes within these periods can result in a number of significant complications for the majority of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen/Nurofen and Voltarol should also be avoided for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to surgery and 3 weeks afterwards to prevent excessive bleeding or bruising postoperatively.
For certain procedures specific compression garments or bras are required postoperatively and you will be advised in advance which to have available to bring with you to your surgery. We will also give you advice on when you can resume work, social activities and sports.
Post-Surgery & Follow Up
Around 5-7 days after your surgery we will require you to attend the clinic for dressing changes and suture removal. The dressings are normally changed to light steri-strips (surgical tapes), which will need to be worn for a further week. The wound(s) should be kept dry for 2 1/2 weeks post-operation to prevent any infection.
We usually like to see you again in the second week and sixth weeks after your procedures to ensure everything is healing as it should. And of course, we are happy to see you in between if necessary. Depending on the procedure involved, we may also arrange for a check-up a number of months to a year later. We like to keep in close contact with our patients going forward and you are free to drop in and see us at any stage.
Breast implants and guarantees
We use Nagor implants for breast augmentation at the Clarence Clinic. These are the highest quality and have the maximum durability of all breast implants on the market. Nagor implants are manufactured in the UK from silicone cohesive gel and have a textured silicone shell to minimise scar tissue formation and capsular contracture. Silicone cohesive gel is semi-solid, similar in consistency to a firm jelly.
Nagor implants come with a number of guarantees, including a lifetime guarantee against rupture. They are also guaranteed against early capsular contracture. We use these manufacturer guarantees together with additional cover provided by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) to cover your breast augmentation surgery. The details of these guarantees will be discussed following your initial consultation.
In addition, we work closely with the private hospitals where we operate in order to ensure that, should any revision surgery be required, this is carried out promptly and arranged at the best time for optimal results.
The consultation fee is payable at the time of consultation and can be paid by debit/credit card, cheque or cash. This includes further preoperative visits where required.
Surgical fees are payable ten days in advance and can be paid by debit/credit card, cheque or cash. These include postoperative out-patient visits.
A number of financing options are available for those patients who require financing for their procedure.
Some patients prefer to pay for their surgery using a number of financing options and spread the costs of surgery over a number of months after surgery. These options will be discussed with you at your consultation.